Bartoszuk wins DD2 at Castelletto after collision
Lukasz Bartoszuk took the DD2 win at the Rotax Max Euro Challenge at Castelletto after the frontrunners were decimated by a crash at the start of the Final.
In the DD2 class Mick Wishofer (VPDR) was the fastest man on track with 48.953s and was only a blink of an eye quicker than Poland’s Lukasz Bartoszuk (CRG S.P.A.) with 48.982s. In 3rd the title defender Ferenc Kancsar (VPDR) left his mark in front of Constantin Schoell (Daems Racing) from Austria and Luka Kamali (CRG S.P.A.) from Germany. Kevin Ludi from Switzerland suffered quite a setback: the opening round double winner only ended up in 11th place.
In DD2 Masters Tomokazu Kawase (Paul Carr Racing) from Japan stood out. He took the Masters’ lead and established himself in 15th place on the overall grid.
The DD2 heats were highly balanced. With Kamali, Bartoszuk and Kancsar different winners celebrated in each of the three races. In the end Kancsar gained the best results in the other heats putting his DR kart at the front of the gearbox grid. Lukasz Bartoszuk tied with Luka Kamali after the heats but thanks to his better qualifying result the Pole took 2nd place in the intermediate classification ahead of his German opponent. 4th place went to Schoell in front of Friday’s pole sitter Wishofer. Championship leader Ludi was unlucky. He had to retire in one heat – the main reason for a disappointing 12th place before the Prefinal on Sunday.
As for the DD2 Masters Friday’s quickest Kawase was not able to keep up his qualifying performance and dropped back to 20th place in the overall grid. But Martin Pierce (Uniq Racing Team) from Ireland made his way up the ranking. The opening round winner drove three consistent heats and was rewarded with 15th place and the Masters’ lead.
Kancsar seemed to be the driving force in the DD2 Prefinal. The pole sitter headed away from the field immediately after the start. But by halftime, the man from Hungary lost performance, allowing Bartoszuk and Kamali to close the gap. It did not take the CRG drivers too long until they found a way through. Consequently Bartoszuk celebrated a deserved prefinal win closely ahead of his teammate Kamali, while Kancsar had to be satisfied with 3rd place. Barrie Pullinger (Dan Holland Racing) and Schoell completed the top five positions of the 15 lap race.
The DD2 final began with a brilliant start from Kancsar, who boosted himself into the lead. But as the man from Hungary was attacked by Bartoszuk there was a slight contact, which caused quite a mess for the following drivers. Consequently some drivers – including favourite Kamali – got involved in a collision, which caused them to retire from the race. Bartoszuk was lucky and seized his chance. He pulled away in a dominant fashion and took the victory clearly ahead of Kancsar. After the race the latter got a penalty as the Race Control viewed him as being responsible for the incident at the beginning of the race. So Kancsar dropped back to 9th place, while Ludi inherited 2nd place ahead of Schoell and Finland’s Ville Viiliainen (VRT).
In DD2 Masters, Pierce was unbeatable. The Irishman won both Finals. The podium was completed by Kawase in 2nd spot and Richard Faulkner (Coles Racing) in 3rd.